Haldi ceremony: Tapish, the groom, has haldi (turmeric) paste rubbed on him by his mother and aunts (and finally by me). The haldi ceremony, which also takes place on the bride's side of the family, is believed to offer ritual purification of the couple.

Haldi ceremony: Tapish, the groom, has haldi (turmeric) paste rubbed on him by his mother and aunts (and finally by me). The haldi ceremony, which also takes place on the bride's side of the family, is believed to offer ritual purification of the couple.

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